Why Pino Tovaglia kept this unpublished work, or what its true genesis is, we will never know. The fact is that his daughter Irene, getting her hands on her father’s materials, found these 24 plates, held together with tape, with an intriguing cover where the Pirelli logo stands out, front and back. The mystery deepens because the managers of the famous brand claim that there is no trace of such a project in their archives; even during the years of the collaboration between the designer and the multinational company nothing leads back to this pamphlet, which appears to be a real prototype.
Whatever its origin, it is in any case an interesting and singular study of the elongated form, which Tovaglia evidently enjoys doing of his own free will. The association with the brand, as far as we can surmise, probably arises by analogy with the content, or vice versa.
The 56 pages of A story as long as are thus a valuable exercise in style, reproposed in its formal integrity, but adapted for a contemporary publication, accompanied by a short text by Marta Sironi, which allows us to investigate and enhance the more human side of one of the most significant figures of Italian graphic design in the second half of the twentieth century.
Dedicated to fans of graphic design, illustration and simple admirers of a great protagonist who spontaneously addresses children, with a hint of mystery…
Illustrations by Pino Tovaglia Text by Marta Sironi Cover by Flavia Ruotolo Book design Bunker and Flavia Ruotolo
21 × 12 cm 56 pages Paperback with dust jacket Italian Isbn 978-88-98030-54-5 First edition November 2022
There are places that exist only in memory, some of them so bizarre that they seem instead to be the figment of a child’s imagination-or perhaps an artist’s or even a designer’s.This is not the case with The Shops of Aoi Huber Kono: the meticulously illustrated facades in this leporello, which Aoi began composing in 1974, correspond to places that did indeed exist, everyday and familiar places.
If we are all accustomed to going to the bakery or the fish market, what happened instead to the confectionery, the dairy, the milliner or the haberdashery? Perhaps someday we will tell our children, as if it were a legend, that toys were not always crammed into the aisles of a shopping mall but that there were stores in which to spend hours looking at them all, magical places to be taken to after being at the doctor’s, or grandparents in secret. Or that once upon a time, when the world was a little less interconnected and much more diverse, there were no places in which to find everything from celery to tires: there were stores.
In this book, whose plates were designed for a small volume in the Tantibambini series, edited by Bruno Munari for Einaudi, Aoi Huber Kono illustrates the facades of 16 stores, making a summary of the most characteristic features of each: some still exist, but who can say for how long?
The title on the cover is a small jewel of design and graphics, the result of the intense collaboration between husband and wife: Max Huber made the curtain strips with colored cutouts and composed the lettering, Aoi embellished it with a punctuated hemming.
Illustrations by Aoi Huber Kono Book design Bunker
23 × 16 cm 16 pages Leporello with jacket Italian Isbn 978-88-98030-51-4 First published July 2022
“What is a sigh made of?” A mother’s sigh is made of worries and tiredness, but the little ones do not know what it is, otherwise they would be… big! What can they do then to make this sigh lighter? And what can daddy do?
This volume stems from the need to recount in pictures the affection between children and their parents, leaving, as is the artist’s custom, the few words associated with the evocative power of images to communicate to us the profound sense of this relationship. The eleven illustrated plates that make up this work tell of small and essential emotions waiting to be discovered.
Lazy Dog’s first book for very young children is dedicated to all mothers and the weight they are able to carry on their shoulders, but also to all the families who bend over backwards to share it.
Text and illustrations by Ayumi Kudo Book design Bunker
24 × 16 cm 24 pages Hardback Italian Isbn 978-88-98030-47-7 First published May 2022
Lorenzo Mattotti, an internationally renowned illustrator, much loved by the public, has always looked to the seventh art as an inexhaustible source of inspiration.
This book, produced on the occasion of the 2021 edition of the Festival International du Film de La Roche-sur-Yon, which has dedicated an unprecedented exhibition to the artist, aims to highlight the double thread that links Mattotti’s work to cinema. This double thread has led him over the years to design the posters of films and major film festivals, until signing in 2019 the highly successful animated feature film The Famous Invasion of the Bears in Sicily, which was presented at the Cannes Film Festival.
The volume is divided into four sections: Film festival posters, from the image of numerous festivals in the 1990s, to the prestigious commission for Cannes, to the Venice Film Festival; Editorial illustrations, commissioned by “The New Yorker” during its long collaboration with the famous American magazine; Film posters, including Eros, for which he drew the poetic interludes that open the three episodes directed by Wong Kar-wai, Michelangelo Antonioni and Steven Soderbergh; and finally, animated films, from the very first Bluebeard, through Pinocchio to the aforementioned The Famous Invasion of the Bears in Sicily, accompanied by unpublished sketches and storyboards.
The volume concludes with a long and impassioned interview with Lorenzo Mattotti by the Festival’s artistic director Charlotte Serrand, who traces the stages of his journey into the seventh art, which began in his great-uncle’s cinema, Cinema Mattotti.
Edited by Melania Gazzotti With the collaboration of Charlotte Serrand Illustrations by Lorenzo Mattotti Texts by Melania Gazzotti, Charlotte Serrand, Maximilien Schnel Book design by Bunker
19.5 × 26 cm 112 pages Hardback French/Italian Isbn 978-88-98030-43-9 First published October 2021
The result of 6 years of work, Il bacio della lucertola (The Lizard’s Kiss) is the graphic novel with which Luca Zamoc debuts in the publishing world. The story stems from an intense journey of Zamoc in 2013 through the Thai jungle and creeps into the mind and pen of the author until it becomes today a masterpiece of 96 pages, redrawn three times before arriving at the final form. Everything starts from an accident in the Indonesian jungle: the dramatic fate of the protagonist and his companion will be the pretext for deep existential and spiritual reflections, while in the background reality dialogues with fantasy, opening to the reader imaginative, primordial and visionary scenarios.
Also in this case it is possible to find the stylistic code of the authors, who are distinguished by the investigation on the relationship between Man, Nature and Mythology. A journey of exploration in an inhospitable and wild place, in which, however, coexist, together with archaeological traces and tropical fauna, singular spiritual connotations. It is in this way that, at the crossroads between nature and culture, the journey through the forest becomes a profound inner journey. The passages are marked by continuous flashbacks full of tension and surprise, where past and present, escape and search, inexorably mix, pushing the protagonist to look for answers on the border between the environment that surrounds him and his interiority. The figurative complex, here rendered with ink drawings, manages to immerse and involve the reader in the shamanic and mysterious atmosphere.
Aimed at admirers of graphic novels and comics, to discover a new authoritative protagonist.
Illustrations by Luca Zamoc Texts by Luca Speranzoni Cover title Luca Barcellona Calligraphy Lorenzo Bolzoni Book design Bunker
20,5 × 29 cm 96 pages Paperback Italian Isbn 978-88-98030-42-2 First published October 2021
The effect of fireworks at the moment of explosion seems impossible to reproduce on paper, due to its ephemeral and iridescent nature. Yet in late 19th century Japan, Jinta Hirayama undertook this challenge by publishing an extraordinary catalogue.
While the purpose of the booklet was once to show Hirayama Fireworks Company’s customers the variety and originality of its pyrotechnic productions, complete with instructions for use, today the illustrated fireworks catalogue stands before our eyes as a valuable work of graphic art. 86 magnetic illustrations, geometric and elegant, rigorous and striking, that manage to evoke the brilliance and magnificence of the fireworks as they appear at night and constitute the restored reproduction of the original catalogue, dated 1883.
It was precisely in those years that Hirayama’s company distinguished itself in the production of fireworks, making notable technical innovations that culminated in a new expressive horizon: from the exclusive use of orange hues, it moved on to a riot of colours.
As well as being a source of inspiration, the singular illustrations intrigue the beholder with ever-changing combinations, and lead right back to the Japanese etymology of the term: page after page one seems to see ‘flowers of fire’ (in Japanese, hanabi). An unusual and original book, with the unmistakable flavour of yesteryear of an art that has never gone out of fashion.
With a precious childhood memory by Aoi Huber Kono, and lettering on the cover by Luca Barcellona.
With a text by Aoi Huber Kono Cover lettering by Luca Barcellona Book design by Bunker
12 × 18 cm 96 pages Paperback + dust jacket Italian Isbn 978-88-98030-40-8 First published July 2021
Seven incredible drawings of the same landscape, portrayed from 1953 to 1972, and how it changes in such a short time. The debut work by Swiss artist and illustrator Jörg Müller, first published in 1973 and thanks to which the author made an international name for himself, was then something completely new in the world of picture books and is today as relevant as ever.
No words, it is only the plates that speak and a date that marks time: where there was a meadow, a stream, a house painted with vegetable gardens and flowering trees, shortly afterwards there is also a tractor and a train passing in the background. Page after page the forest and the stream are gone, chimneys and industrial plants arrive, the painted house is demolished to make way for a busy motorway and a supermarket.
A landscape that changes face in the space of a few years, a tale in pictures that is not intended to be a nostalgic cliché of the rural environment, but a chronicle of vivid immediacy of the change brought about by the glorious age of progress. The author’s beautifully drawn plates are timeless and without place, painting a scenario that most of us have experienced over the past sixty years: we all remember that childhood meadow that is now gone, and unfortunately we continue to see others disappear.
The edition of this book tries to be partly faithful to the first, original German edition by giving the pictures space and centrality. Dove c’era un prato (Where There Was a Meadow), which won the author the German Youth Literature Award in 1974, is today a great classic on the environment, which triggers urgent and necessary reflection.
With a text by Giulia Mirandola, careful curator of cultural projects that focus on visual reading and the relationship with the landscape.
Illustrations by Jörg Müller With a text by Giulia Mirandola Book design by Bunker
30 × 23.5 cm 24 pages Hardback Italian Isbn 978-88-98030-39-2 First published May 2021
Caleidoscopica takes us on a journey through the last ten years of the career of Olimpia Zagnoli, an internationally renowned illustrator whose sinuous and colourful images have quickly conquered the worlds of publishing, fashion and communication. Her unmistakable stroke guides us through the 148 pages of this anthology in an overwhelming sequence of works – drawings, prints, neon, textiles and sculptures – that are juxtaposed by free association or by clear affinities of theme, colour and form.
The rhythm of this immersive journey is punctuated by a series of texts and thoughts from authors working in the fields of illustration, design and art, offering multiple and original readings of Olimpia’s work. The uniqueness of the publication is enhanced by a series of sketches, contained in notebooks of visual notes and preparatory works that reveal the creative process through which Olimpia, seeking the synthesis of the image, arrives at the essence of the message with the freshness and naturalness that make her unique. The book, edited by Melania Gazzotti, is addressed to lovers of illustration, to all those interested in design, fashion, style and looking for inspiration, and to all Olimpia’s fans. Caleidoscopica will also be an exhibition in Reggio Emilia planned for September 2021.
Edited by Melania Gazzotti Texts by Melania Gazzotti, Kim Hastreiter, Steven Heller, Italo Lupi, Paola Pallottino, Guido Scarabottolo, Leanne Shapton, Peter Shire, Tamara Shopsin Book design by Bunker
19.5 × 26 cm 148 pages Hardback with mirror glasses Italian/English Isbn 978-88-98030-35-4 First published March 2021
“It was a kind of music. Six months later I found an album of oriental paper, and I started to draw a kind of landscape score. I tried to find this music of forms, I looked for my Patagonia from the Patagonia I had crossed”. – Lorenzo Mattotti
This is not the first time that Mattotti has felt the need to make an illustrated travelogue, he had already done so in 2014, collecting a series of drawings documenting his discovery of Vietnam in a precious travel book, later published by Louis Vuitton. On Patagonia, however, the artist does not want to make a full-fledged reportage, as he had done for the eastern country; what interests him about this place is only one aspect: its boundless and virgin nature, not its inhabitants and their stories that had so fascinated storytellers such as Bruce Chatwin and Louis Sepulveda. For Mattotti, Patagonia is first and foremost a place of the mind and that is why he strips it of colour to represent it, synthesising its forms, making it almost abstract to succeed in giving us back a sensation before an image, the sensation that every man feels when he finds himself in an extreme land, in a land at the end of the world.
Edited by Melania Gazzotti, the book presents all the 24 black and white plates contained in the Nepalese paper notebook where Mattotti copied his travel notes, together with a selection of colour drawings made by the artist in a classic Moleskine® notebook while he was in Patagonia. Both notebooks are unpublished and were made between 2003 and 2004.
The world’s best-known Italian illustrator, a never-before-seen exhibition and a book to collect: Patagonia by Lorenzo Mattotti promises to be a not-to-be-missed event for all lovers of contemporary illustration and beyond.
Edited by Melania Gazzotti Texts by Lorenzo Mattotti, Melania Gazzotti, Jorge Zentner Book design by Bunker
28 × 15 cm 116 pages Swiss-style hardback Italian/English/French/Spanish Isbn 978-88-98030-28-6 First published October 2020
Melodramma collects a selection of unpublished illustrations created by painter and illustrator Gianluigi Toccafondo for the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma. The artist has been collaborating since 2014 with the prestigious Roman theatre for which he has created all the posters for the last five opera and ballet seasons, as well as sets and costumes for operatic masterpieces such as Il barbiere di Siviglia, Don Giovanni and Rigoletto.
Toccafondo approached theatre at the height of a brilliant career as an illustrator in publishing and as the author of short films and animation works, commissioned by television and cinema. Toccafondo brings his incredible ability to create moving images, making cinematographic language dialogue with pictorial language, also to the theatre by introducing animation projections among the elements of his sets.
Melodramma brings together a rich selection of panels that, thanks to the artist’s masterful ability to synthesise forms and expressive use of colour, shows all his dreamlike power. With a text by Carlo Fuortes, Superintendent of the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma.
Curated by Melania Gazzotti, a project by Associazione Flangini with the patronage and collaboration of the Department of Culture of the Municipality of Mantua. On show at the Casa di Rigoletto from 8 September to 3 October 2020.
Curated by Melania Gazzotti Texts by Melania Gazzotti and Carlo Fuortes Book design by Bunker
13.5 × 19 cm 80 pages Hardback Italian Isbn 978-88-98030-34-7 First published September 2020
How many times, on the metro, on the bus, on the train, have we been caught by the people around us absorbed in their digital worlds? Are we able to discern from the use of digital devices, smartphones in the lead, what is useful to us from what penalises us? Are we really able to judge the new practices to which we have become so easily and haphazardly accustomed?
Cremonesi is an artist who expresses himself through images: with an ironic approach and light stroke, he draws people filmed in the daily routine of travelling on the metro, all magnetically attracted by their mobile phones; he shows us ourselves in the mirror, making us smile and inviting us to reflect. The phrases and names scattered throughout the book invite us to delve deeper, urge us to investigate what is behind this… ‘mobilezation’ – a neologism from mobile and mobilisation –, and accompany us as we browse through the plates of the characters, often caught in poses of unexpected plasticity and eloquence.
Dedicated to those who are sensitive to new social behaviour – such as mobilezation – and appreciate the author’s self-mocking and anything but superficial spirit, to those who love illustration and lightness.
Texts and illustrations by Paolo Cremonesi Book design by Bunker
13 × 19 cm 96 pages 45 illustrations Paperback Italian Isbn 978-88-98030-32-3 First published June 2020
The first major work devoted entirely to the film discography of maestro Ennio Morricone. The only one of its kind, it is the brainchild of the collector, author and film expert Maurizio Baroni, who draws from his own boundless archive to create a comprehensive review covering over fifty years of his prestigious career, much of it previously unpublished, including the maestro’s autographed manuscript scores, soundtrack record covers and much more.
Expertly accompanying the over 550 images in the volume are texts by Germano Barban, a journalist and expert on cinema and film music, and impassioned speeches by great directors and actors, revealing some of the background to this extraordinary success and the reasons for the influence that Ennio Morricone has exerted on the collective imagination through his music. A full-scale homage to this great Italian film music composer, undoubtedly the most famous in the world.
Texts by Maurizio Baroni, Germano Barban and Dario Argento, John Boorman, John Carpenter, Liliana Cavani, Edda Dell’Orso, Roberto Faenza, Christopher Frayling, Daniele Furlati, Lisa Gastoni, Giancarlo Giannini, Guido Lombardo, Mauro Maur, Giuliano Montaldo, Franco Nero, Gino Paoli, Nicola Piovani, Quentin Tarantino, Giuseppe Tornatore and Carlo Verdone Cover design by Luca Barcellona Book design by Bunker
22 × 30.5 cm 368 pages Hardback Italian edition Isbn 978-88-98030-30-9 First published October 2019
Franco Matticchio’s women’s faces are serious and enigmatic, he draws them out of the blue on every piece of paper he comes across, from a letter envelope to the page of a book or the “The New Yorker”.
They are the faces he encounters on the street, at the station, that he observes in his daily life and that accumulate and overlap in his personal visual imagination. Matticchio’s attention is captured by women of inconspicuous beauty, whose impassive expressions are united by a certain intensity and pride in their gaze. Over the years, the illustrator has continued to return to this inexhaustible subject, using every medium: pastels, watercolours, acrylics or even simply an Indian ink pen or pencil, always placing these figures against neutral backgrounds or in bare environments without temporal references, succeeding in subtraction to heighten the intimacy of the scenes and create suspended and rarefied atmospheres.
Over time, Matticchio has amassed a veritable collection of female faces, almost never made on commission and mostly unpublished: a conspicuous body of drawings in which one can find the unmistakable style of the illustrator but at the same time find it hard to recognise that surreal and ironic vein that is one of his main distinguishing features. In fact, when Matticchio finds himself drawing a woman’s face, he only acts as a fascinated and discreet observer of the profound and mysterious complexity of the female soul.
The book, edited by Melania Gazzotti, is accompanied by an unpublished text by Ugo Cornia.
Edited by Melania Gazzotti Texts by Ugo Cornia, Melania Gazzotti and Rosanna Padrini Dolcini Book design by Bunker
13.5 × 19 cm 80 pages Hardback Italian/English Isbn 978-88-98030-21-7 First published July 2019
Katsumi Komagata’s ‘Book of Books’, an essential work by the author published in 2013 by Les Trois Ourses, now appears for the first time in a bilingual Italian and English version, in a revamped and updated edition. Komagata needs no introduction: it suffices to mention the two instances with which he revolutionised children’s publishing. Starting from an interweaving of his life with his young daughter Aï and the plastic experiments that characterised his training, Komagata manages to forge a new artistic sensibility through the extreme simplification of shapes and colours.
In his books, the author accounts for the infant’s point of view on the world and, following his growth processes, he follows the development of his perception, realising a true study that is not only pedagogical but also anthropological. Moreover, his way of understanding children’s publishing is revolutionary in that the volumes themselves are true design objects: pop-up techniques, the Japanese art of origami or the tangram are just some of the many examples with which the author recovers the material value of any book, in a rich encounter of colours, shapes and sensory stimuli. In doing so, the sensitivity that transpires from his books cannot but broaden the audience, reaching even adults.
In the 192 pages of this monograph, more than 100 illustrations offer a comprehensive view of his works. The book is aimed at all admirers of the figure of Komagata and what he represents for publishing, design and the graphic arts worldwide. The new edition in Italian and English also includes the titles published by One Stroke, the author’s agency and publishing house, over the last 5 years.
Preface by Stefano Salis Texts by Kazumasa Nagaï, Élisabeth Lortic and Katsumi Komagata Book design by Bunker
22 × 28 cm 192 pages Paperback Italian/English Isbn 978-88-98030-33-0 First published April 2019
Since the beginning of her career as a visual artist in the early 1980s, Emi Ligabue has focused her research on everyday objects, from everyday utensils to the icons of modernity and design, first creating sculptures and installations and then two-dimensional works, preferring the technique of collage. Taking and recontextualising images is his signature style and has allowed the artist to freely experiment with mixing genres, and to reflect on the increasingly blurred boundaries between visual and applied arts.
In the 65 collages of La settimana bianca (The White Week), the title of the exhibition curated by Melania Gazzotti at the Mutty cultural centre and its catalogue, Emi Ligabue measures himself against a different visual imagery: the mountain, as a relatively recent holiday and winter sports destination. This time, therefore, the subject of investigation is no longer the artefact itself, but rather the visual ensemble of snow-covered peaks, skis, snowshoes and plastic poses, placed within a collective phenomenon of custom – which began in the 1960s and is now consolidated – that thanks to artistic elaboration and interpretation becomes evocation and takes on an iconic perspective, anything but free of irony and provocation, as is the artist’s custom.
A book for lovers of illustration, graphics and design and, of course, for die-hard winter mountain-goers.
Edited by Melania Gazzotti Texts by Melania Gazzotti Book design by Bunker
21 × 28 cm 68 pages Sewing stitch Singer Italian Isbn 978-88-98030-14-9 First published January 2019
“So you have to know the trees to design parks; know them one by one, and also know that the design of a park is the design of a ‘becoming’, the proposal of a mechanism of transformation, growth, life and death.” – Franca Stagi
The drawings in the book L’Architettura degli Alberi (The Architecture of Trees) by Cesare Leonardi and Franca Stagi represent an unsurpassed tool for the design of green areas.
The result of a study that lasted over twenty years, the book contains the treatment of 212 tree species, drawn in scale 1:100, with and without foliage, accompanied by diagrams of the projections of shadows during the hours of the day and during the course of the seasons, tables of seasonal chromatic variation of the foliage and 393 descriptive cards for each family (53), genus (128) and species (212), with 185 particular drawings of leaves, flowers and fruits.
A fundamental text, now available again in this renewed edition with a more up-to-date graphic design, appropriately revised, corrected and updated. Aimed at professionals, architects, landscape architects and designers, and anyone who suffers the irresistible charm of the wonderful world of trees.
Texts by Laura Conti, Augusto Pirola and Franca Stagi Introduction to the new edition by Andrea Cavani and Giulio Orsini Original illustrations by Studio Leonardi-Stagi Book design Bunker
25,5 × 38 cm 424 pages Over 550 illustrations Hardcover Italian Isbn 978-88-98030-19-4 First published December 2018